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Ag Agencies Conduct Listening Sessions for Specialty Crop Growers

SPOKANE, WA, January 7, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) want to hear from Washington’s specialty crop growers. In late February, the agencies will be conducting cooperative listening sessions in Wenatchee and Mt. Vernon to gather input about the effectiveness of crop insurance and insurance-type programs available to producers.

“As the federal safety net for farmers and ranchers moves toward a reliance on crop insurance and similar programs, we want to make sure the needs of Washington’s farmers and ranchers are being met,” said Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Judy Olson. Learn More »

Western Region Leadership Conference -- February 26-28 in Las Vegas, NV

Feb 26 2014 - 1:00am
Feb 28 2014 - 11:00pm

Western Region Leadership Conference -- February 26-28 in Las Vegas, NV  

Registration for the 2014 Western Region Leadership Conference is now
open. The conference is designed to provide training and networking for
volunteer leaders active at the county and/or state level within Farm
Bureau. Learn More »

DC Days scheduled for March 10-12, 2014

Washington Farm Bureau’s DC Days event is a great opportunity to meet with Washington's congressional delegation and receive special briefings from American Farm Bureau staff on the important issues of the day. Sight-seeing and special tours are an added bonus.

For more information, contact John Stuhlmiller.

Retro/Safety Winter Workshops for 2013-14

Required Safety Workshops for Retro/Safety Members

WFB Retro/Safety members are required to attend at least one workshop
per year. Please check the locations to see which one is closest to you.
You can attend more than one workshop, and multiple attendees from one
company can attend a workshop.

All meetings will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn More »

News Releases 2013

December 13, 2013

Contacts: Brett Davis, Public Relations Specialist (360-357-9975 Ext. 124)

Washington Farm Bureau cites study in renewed call for timely approval of export terminals Report confirms statewide support for port expansions

LACEY - Washington Farm Bureau today renewed its call for timely approval of proposed export terminals today, citing results of a survey showing statewide support for the Longview project.

The poll, Seattle’s Got Attitude, conducted by G2 Public Strategies, a joint venture between Gallatin Public Affairs and GS Strategy Group, and released at a Downtown Seattle Association roundtable today, found that 56 percent of Washingtonians support the terminal, with strong support in Eastern Washington. Learn More »

WFB Annual Meeting 2014

Washington Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting will be held in November 2014. As we get closer to the event, we will post more information. Please check back later for more details.

Legislative Awards

Legislative Awards

Legislator of the Year

Each year since 1995, the Washington Farm Bureau Board of Directors
awards one or more state legislators with the honor of being the
organization's Legislator of the Year. A legislator's vote record and
outstanding actions to help strengthen family farms are key criteria for
receiving this award. Past recipients are listed below:

1995 Sen. Jim Hargrove

1995 Sen. Brad Owen

1995 Rep. Gary Chandler

1996 Sen. Ann Anderson

1996 Rep. Dave Mastin

1997 Sen. Irv Newhouse

1997 Rep. Cathy McMorris

1998 Sen. Ray Schow

1998 Rep. Kelli Linville

1999 Rep. Clyde Ballard

2000 Sen. Bob Morton

2001 Sen. Tim Sheldon

2001 Rep. Bill Grant  

2001 Rep. Gary Chandler

2002 Sen. Mike Hewitt Learn More »

WFB Legal Foundation

Help ensure a solid future for farming and ranching in Washington by contributing today.

Washington Farm Bureau created the WFB Legal
Foundation to engage in research and education projects to determine the legal rights Learn More »

Why Farm Bureau Opposes I-522

The primary goal for Washington farmers is to grow safe and healthy food. With more than 250 crops grown across the state, consumers are provided with a full spectrum of choices, including organic and conventionally grown crops.

In November, voters will be asked to decide whether some of the food sold in Washington should be specially labeled if it contains genetically engineered (GE) food products. On its face, this may seem like a reasonable thing to do. We all want to feed our families food that is safe and healthy. But would the passage of Initiative 522 actually accomplish that goal? There are five significant reasons that we believe I-522 falls short. Learn More »

Government Relations

Washington Farm Bureau is the legislative and regulatory watchdog for farmers and ranchers in Washington state.

Farm Bureau is actively involved in both legislative and regulatory activities on behalf of family farmers at the county, state, and national levels. Our mission is to ensure that farmers and ranchers can continue to do what they do best, feed the world, while also complying with the complex laws passed by elected officials and implemented by governments at all levels. Farm Bureau works to ensure that the farmer’s voice is heard.    

Services to Farm Bureau members include: Learn More »

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